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Savage White Blend 2016

Country: South africa
Region: Western cape
Type: White
Producer: Savage
Grape: Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon
Bottle Size: 75cl
Vintage: 2016
Alcohol: 14%

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A masterclass in winemaking and blending from Duncan Savage. As Greg Sherwood MW puts it "There is no doubt that Duncan Savage is one of the best white wine winemakers in South Africa."

Tasting Notes

54% Sauvignon Blanc, 29% Semillon and 17% Chenin Blanc. Lime, fresh and crystallised pineapple and salty sea shells (try saying that after a glass or two.) One can really feel the coastal exposure of some of the vineyards - Duncan chooses to pick from both maritime, and sites at altitude.

Press Note:

"If dogs can be like their owners, maybe wines can be like their winemakers? In this case generous, open and enthusiastic. Duncan Savage is the Mr Nice of South African wine and his Savage White reflects this persona completely; it’s accessible, bright and effervescent (without actually being fizzy). There’s a delicious playfulness between the two primary fruit characters of pineapple and guava and a backbone of gum-dripping acidity. A tremendous wine." Chris Wilson, the Buyer Greg Sherwood MW, 95/100 "After producing one of the most memorable Savage white blends in the 2015 vintage, the 2016 offering was always going to come under ever closer scrutiny. From the second of the drought vintages, this white from Duncan Savage is a blend of 54% Sauvignon Blanc, 29% Semillon and 17% Chenin Blanc with a 14% Abv. A brilliant lime straw yellow, this wine has a bold and expressive aromatic profile of pithy grated lemon peel, pineapple pastille fruits, crushed limestone minerality, pear drops and sugar dusted marshmallows. Pause for too long to appreciate the complexity in the glass and before you know it the wine has evolved further, offering up yet more intricate notes of white citrus blossom, crunchy green pears and dried baking spices of basil and thyme. With the sizeable chunk of 17% Chenin Blanc asserting itself in the blend, the 2016 has a much more distinctive Cape feel rather than the white Bordeaux Graves expression of previous vintages. There is an intense, piercing concentration to the palate, with powerful glycerol notes of white citrus, yellow grapefruit, crunchy white peaches, and tangerine peel, underpinned by a herby, dusty, wet chalk minerality. Rich, unctuous and roundly textured, this wine coats every corner of the drinker’s palate and asserts its exceptional quality, complexity and winemaking pedigree. Drink now to 2027." Christian - winemag, August 15 2017 "A wonderfully expressive nose display the merest hint of fresh herbs before lime, naartjie and grapefruit through peach and even a little blackcurrant. The palate displays massive concentration and is almost chewy in texture, the finish long and savoury. Super-powerful yet perfectly proportioned, it keeps coming at you. Editor's rating: 94/100.

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